Sweet Dreams: with audio recording

Sweet Dreams: with audio recording

by Jewel, Amy June Bates
     
 

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“The award-winning singer has taken one of her songs and created a gorgeous picture book to accompany her voice on the CD included,” raved School Library Journal about Jewel’s first picture book, That’s What I’d Do.

In Sweet Dreams, a mother’s soothing lullaby opens the door to an imagined adventure for

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“The award-winning singer has taken one of her songs and created a gorgeous picture book to accompany her voice on the CD included,” raved School Library Journal about Jewel’s first picture book, That’s What I’d Do.

In Sweet Dreams, a mother’s soothing lullaby opens the door to an imagined adventure for her sleeping child. Amy June Bates’s luminous illustrations capture the beautiful world of dreams that every mother wishes for her child. The pair rows though the indigo night sky and catches shimmering stars in their silver net. Cascading clouds spill form the Big Dipper, drawing them along their night journey.

This package includes a hardcover book along with a CD of the song sung by Jewel.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
PreS—This is an enchanting lullaby with yellow-printed words that arch, curve, and float through luminous indigo illustrations like the music they are based on. A mother and her child travel from their home in a small boat through the night skies, catching stars in a silver net. The mother knows that "Behind your eyes/are endless blue skies./You travel places-/I want to come too." They hang stars on silver threads, making constellations. Clouds spill from celestial dippers like waterfalls, moving the boat across the starlit sea toward the father, waiting in a clockwork Moon. The child sleeps in his father's arms and then in his own bed in his own little room. The three are shown as indigo silhouettes against the yellow light as Jewel's final lines echo, "for my dream is sweet dreams…/Yes, my dream is sweet dreams for you." Her lilting words weave a spell, and mothers reading the book aloud will want to listen to the CD and honor her pacing. Bates has created illustrations in chalk and gouache reminiscent of those for Eugene Field's "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." Both lullaby and artwork are sure to capture and delight the imaginations of young children.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Lyrics to a song from the album "Lullaby" are adapted by the composer/lyricist as a tender expression of maternal love. Mother evokes everything that is lovely and ethereal to demonstrate her joy at having this baby in her life. There are moonbeams, twinkling stars and "endless blue skies." All of this is to wish that only sweet dreams follow the child forever. There are some lovely images, and the emotions are heartfelt, but there is a major problem with construction and syntax in this adaptation. If the lyrics are to be read as poetry, they lack structure and consistency of rhyme and rhythm. "Like a dream I am falling into silver threads lined with dew" and "Each breath that you breathe is a brushstroke that leads me to you" are awkwardly worded and essentially meaningless statements. Bates' chalk and gouache illustrations on chalkboard-painted paper are greatly appealing. Backgrounds of deep, dark night skies highlighted with bright yellow stars and constellations are filled with clever details that come as close as possible to conveying literal meaning to the vagaries of the text. Rather than reading aloud, adults might want to preview the song on the included CD and perhaps play the song and sing along while showing the pictures to their little ones. Well intentioned, but this song doesn't work in picture-book format. (Picture book. 1-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442489325
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
21 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Jewel is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, and actress. She has four internationally bestselling albums and has been nominated for five Grammys. Jewel is the author of the New York Times bestselling A Night Without Armor and Chasing Down the Dawn, as well as the children’s books That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams, both illustrated by Amy June Bates. She lives with her husband and son in rural Texas.
Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including Waiting for the Music by Patricia MacLachlan, That’s What I’d Do by singer-songwriter Jewel, and The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.

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